Research Insight Series: Final Chair Announced

Stacey picWe are delighted to announce that Dr Stacey Pope will chair and present as part of the Research Insight Series for one of 4 afternoon sets of presentations at our forthcoming conference on the Wednesday 30 November 2016 at FC United.

Stacey is Senior Lecturer in Sport at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University. Stacey is especially interested in issues of gender and sport and she has published widely on the topic of female sports fandom in a range of journals. Her research interests include the sociology of football and rugby union, comparative research in sports fandom, the meaning and importance of sport for women and women’s formative sporting experiences. Her book The Feminization of Sports Fandom will be published by Routledge in 2017.

Complimenting her role as chair, Stacey will also provide a presentation offering her insight and expertise on:

Female Sports Fandom: Existing Research and Future Agendas by Dr Stacey Pope


How can you get involved?

Research Insight Series: Within this period, The Football Collective board members and/or researchers and academics in football are invited to present. The purpose of this series is to share, discuss and create ideas and discussion to take into the evening.

Presentations are invited on published research, research interests, current research projects, research issues, methodological challenges, new research ideas, potential collaborative opportunities.

This will be an important time to share research updates and discuss critical issues in football. The format of these sessions will be split between three types of presentations: (i) 10min presentations followed by 10min discussion between presenter and participants and, (ii) PechaKucha 20×20 [a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, with the images advancing automatically as you talk along with the images] followed by a discussion between a panel of presenters and participants, (iii) or tailored presentations and timings based on the needs of the presenter (i.e., performance, video etc).

If you would like to present, please provide a 300 word abstract (inc. title, author, affiliation) with an indication of the type of presentation you would be willing to contribute (either (i) 10min presentation, (ii) PechaKucha, or (iii) something else.

Time Activity
9:00am – 9:15am Arrival and refreshments 
9:15am – 9:30am Welcome and introduction to The Football Collective
9:30am – 12:15  PhD student / Early Career Researcher WorkshopChair: Professor Alan Tomlinson, who will provide a summary and presentation on:

Future Research in Football

12:15 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Research Insight Series

Chair 1: Professor Simon Chadwick, presentation on: Football’s new geography – what Beijing and Doha mean for the sport

Chair 2: Professor Jean Williams, presentation on: Football by Design: World Cup Posters 1930-2014

Chair 3: Dr Jamie Cleland, presentation on: Football fans and online discrimination: a review of message boards on issues of racism and homophobia

Chair 4: Dr Stacey Pope: Female Sports Fandom: Existing Research and Future Agendas

3:00pm – 3:30pm Break and refreshments
3:30pm – 5:30pm Keynote Panel Discussion – Chair: Dr Peter MillwardOwen Gibson,  chief sports correspondent at the GuardianRt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Andrew Jennings, Investigative journalist

Shelley AlexanderBBC Lead for Women’s Sport

Inc. refreshments

5:30pm – 6:00pm Summary and way forward discussionInc. refreshments
6:00pm – onwards All participants are invited to continue the debate into the evening at our local curry house.

How to submit and/or register

All submissions to present are closed, but you can participate in the conference and join.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dan Parnell ( or Paul Widdop ( via email.

See our Eventbrite page here.

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